School Newsletter 30.11.2018

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We are a learning community, passionate about providing an International Education,which inspires and encourages learning and intercultural understanding.
We facilitate self-discovery and the development of unique interests, gifts and talents, whilst promoting service learning as a force for good in the world.

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30th November 2018

Versión española 

 School Calendar

Wednesday 5 DecemberD1 & D2 Reports published on Managebac
Thursday 6 & Friday 7 DecemberNational holiday  – school closed
Tuesday 11 DecemberD1 Parent consultations – Teacher rooms from 16:00
Wednesday 12 December

Thursday 13 December

D2 Parent consultations – Teacher rooms from 16:00

SIS Theatre Festival – 18:00 in theatre (see Whole School News)

Friday 14 DecemberNon-uniform day in exchange for a Tombola gift (see Whole School PTA News)
Saturday 15 DecemberPTA Christmas Market – Ribera del Marlin, Sotogrande – 12:00 – 16:00
Sunday 16 DecemberDuke of Edinburgh Bronze Award expedition
Monday 17 DecemberB Vocal Concert – Palmones cinema -19:30 – 21:00 (see Whole School news)
Tuesday 18 DecemberP2 Christmas Show in theatre – 11:30- 12:30 and 14:30 – 15:30
Tuesday 18 DecemberP1 Christmas Show in theatre – 13:00 – 14:00
Wednesday 19 DecemberP1 Christmas Show in theatre – 11:30 – 12:30
 Friday 21 DecemberLast day of Autumn term – school closes 12:00
Friday 21 DecemberPrimary Reports available on Managebac from 16:00

Dear Parents and guardians,

This week we would like to use the newsletter to draw your attention to the safer use of IT. As many of you will know there have been numerous stories, which have hit the news in the last few months, one most recently in Spain. This week we have been working with our primary students about safe access, but feel it key to draw your attention to it. Many of our students have computers and video games in their rooms with internet access.

This is great and allows them space to work and play quietly, the major question is do you know what they are doing?

There are a number of games and applications (Fortnite, Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, YouTube and challenges like MoMo being popular ones at the moment), in some of these, there is a written or audio chat feature. This chat feature is what makes these games and applications attractive to people who may wish children harm. We request that you spend time speaking to your children and looking at their browser history. You might find the ideas on this image helpful.

As a school, we are committed to IT, its use in the classroom and its benefits to the learning experience of the students. We have been doing research into the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) scheme for all of secondary, which is currently in place for our students in M3 and above. In addition, it is in place with all other Inspired Schools. There are several benefits to this programme, including clarity over ownership, insurance cover and for the M1 students being able to access the device from home means they can continue their learning beyond the school! Helping our students get the most from their learning experience is critical. We will be in touch in the New Year with more news about this project.

On Monday this week, we hosted the University Convention with over 30 universities from across Europe and the USA descending on our school to talk to students in M4 and above. Thank you to Mr Mungles for his innovation, pro-activeness and dedication to make this critical event happen.  On Wednesday Maria Abrines in D1 organised a Walk to School day! Thank you Maria for encouraging our community to take the opportunity to reflect on how we travel to school. I would like to thank all parents and students who supported both of these key community events.  Next week is a short week, with a rather long weekend. I would like to remind you that there will be no school on Thursday 6th and Friday 7th December.

The traffic now seems to be flowing much better, however there are 2 areas that we need your help to improve. Firstly, some parents are dropping students in the left hand lane. Firstly this is causing a back up and secondly, and most importantly, it is very dangerous. Students are running across the second lane of traffic. The second area that we need your help on is the dropping of students when you have turned into the lower car park. This again is dangerous and is holding up the flow of traffic. We have asked the police to be vigilant on these two areas. Please remember, drop off in all cases is in the right hand lane only when you join the road.

Finally, I would like to remind you that there are still tickets to see B-Vocal on Monday 17th Dec. These are available from reception at a cost of 5€ each.

I wish you a wonderful weekend.

Best wishes

Jak Kearney

BVocal music event

As members of the school community we have just been given the opportunity, sponsored by Land Rover, to experience an amazing concert. On Monday 17th December, BVocal, a world-renowned a cappella group, will be running a workshop for some of our secondary students. In the evening, BVocal will be performing a Christmas concert just for us at Odeon Multicines, in Palmones! The event will start at 7.30pm and end at 9pm. Tickets costing 5€ each are available from reception with all profits going to The Kindred Project.


ACES Programme – SotoTennis news

Our ACES tennis students have been on the road, read Dan Kiernan SotoTennis Director’s blog to find out how they performed. LINK


SIS musicians in town!

Last week saw over 60 students perform in venues outside of school.

On Thursday, 5 school bands graced the notorious “Louie Louie Rock Bar” stage in Estepona Port and stunned the public and music critics with their passionate performances. Intercambio´s Felix commented, “Being rewarded for your hard work and seeing the effect that you can have on the world through the prism of a crowded club full of happy and enormously entertained people. That is the point and for this, Sotogrande School and Louie Louie, I salute you”.

Read Felix´s full review here

Short Report by D2 student Mya Fudge:

On Thursday 22nd November, Sotogrande students played a concert at Louie Louie in Estepona at a fundraising event for the Asociación a favor de Personas con Discapacidad de Estepona. Our band, TIMOS, played a 5 song set as the penultimate band of the night to a very welcoming crowd of friends, family and locals. We had an amazing night performing and watching the other Soto groups: The Big Funk Band, Radio Edit and Old Skool who all played fantastically. Thank you so much to everyone who came and to Mr Wickersham for the opportunity! We hope to see you all at our next gig!

This was followed by Friday night´s “Soto Sessions” held at a new venue, El Trocadero. Over 30 vocalists, some debut performers, entertained parents with a variety of genres from big band to pop and rock.  Congratulations go to all involved, and especially to organisers Miss Laura and Miss Anne-Marie.

K.J. Wickersham
Head of Music

La Reserva

It’s the most wonderful time of the year..

As November comes to an end, thoughts turn to Christmas, and La Reserva de Sotogrande is organising various activities for all the family. If you are looking for a charming and tranquil setting to enjoy Christmas with great food and good company, La Reserva can accommodate all of your wishes this festive season. More info here

We look forward to celebrating with you!

Walk to School Day

I’m María Abrines and for my CAS project, I decided to organise an event to better our world and our community. This past Wednesday as many of you know was the walk to school day. Congratulations to everyone who participated. It was a success, meaning fewer carbon emissions released into our atmosphere. Thank you to everyone and now let’s try to make this an on-going event. Get prepared, because next month we will have a Christmas walk to school day.

SIS Technology Tour Event

We were privileged to host two events as an Apple Distinguished School. Visitors from across Spain had the opportunity to see how we use technology to support learning. 

On Thursday, we hosted a SIS Technology tour events.  Over 20 school leaders from schools around Spain came to SIS to see how we use technology vertically and horizontally enhancing teaching and learning across the PYP and MYP curricula. 

A selected group of student and parents ambassadors toured our visitors around the school, answering questions and talking about their own learning. Our visitors were very impressed not only by our IT provision and use of IT in the classroom, but by the behaviour, confidence, and knowledge of our students and student ambassadors.

  • P4 Paula Días Palomo, P4 Marcos Álvarez Ruiz, P4 Zack Barling, P4 Finn Hagglof, P6 Maria Aarup Jensen, P6 Javier Chen, P6 Carlos Regueira Lopéz, P6 Emelhyn Wynne Chamorro, P6 Claudia Mateo Benítez,P6 Valeria Merida Villa, P6 Alejandro Calle Pintado, M2 José Rafael Mellado García, M3 Fernando Romero Martín, M5 María Romero Martín

  • Radioedit student music band

  • STEAM Projects students :


The Vivero Los Rosales, located in Los Barrios, has prepared a special offer for Assist members, including a Christmas tree, an orchid and Christmas decoration plants with their pots for 60€

SIS Theatre Festival – Thursday 13th December at 6pm in theatre

D1 Theatre students will be presenting ‘Abyss’. This is a DP Theatre exam performance and the production has been judged suitable for audiences of M4 age and older.

LOMCE, SIS and your child by Lourdes Villafranca & Belen Gonzalez

The LOMCE programme in Spain ensures all Spanish nationals receive a certain level of language, culture and history in their education. As an international school in Spain, all Spanish children receive this alongside the IB Programme. To learn more about how this works read our blog (NB written in Spanish only).

Flexible learning spaces blog by David Green

Have your children mentioned the flexible seating options available in Mr Green’s classroom? Read on to learn more about the project. LINK


PTA News

SIS PTA Christmas Market, 15th December 12-4pm, Ribera Del Marlin, Sotogrande

There are now over 20 stalls booked to showcase at the market with Christmas treats, gifts, unique products and much, much more. Would you like to be one of the stallholders? Contact to book your place.

As in previous years, there will be a truly extravagant raffle with some outstanding prizes.

This year’s spectacular is the V.I.P. Premier Parking Space Auction for exclusive use of a parking place, directly outside the school gat, until the end of the school year. Register your bid between 9am on Monday 3rd December and 10pm on Friday 14th. After this, you will be able to make final bids at the Christmas Market, where the winner will be announced at the end of the festivities.

 Last year you were incredibly supportive by donating Tombola gifts and we’re hoping that you’ll be kind enough to do so again. There will be a collection at the school gate on Friday 14th December. So that they can be properly sorted into those for adults and those for children, please leave the gifts unwrapped.



The Kindred Project News

Dreaming Dragons Christmas Gift List

Ready to make a real difference this Christmas? Dreaming Dragons has put together a wonderful list of gifts making the act of giving truly mindful and life shaping. Take a look at the Gift List LINK here and send us an email to to start shopping!


Ski Trip to Sierra Nevada

Click on poster for more info.



Celebrating grandparents and the important role they play in children´s lives.

We believe that intergenerational learning between children and grandparents develops lots of positive emotional connections for both. We want to help children develop empathy and respect for all senior citizens, so on Monday 26th November we took the children to visit a residential home.

We had previously prepared lots of different coloured play dough for the children and senior citizens to play with together.

Message from Emma Butler, Head of Primary

Use of P1 and P2 playground after school

Please note that as from 10th December, the P1 and P2 playground is only to be used by the children enrolled in Kids Club.


Parent Workshop

On Tuesday afternoon Andrea Bennett, PYP Coordinator, led a parent workshop about learning and the brain. Parents had requested this additional session and a very enthusiastic group of parents attended. During the workshop they were involved in some interactive activities to explore key features about the nature of neurons. By applying the approaches that we believe work well for students, an atmosphere was created that allowed for parents to ask questions, make connections with their previous knowledge and to consider the expectations they have of their children.

This was one of our largest attended workshops this year, so thank you to all the parents who participated.

Message from our Primary Student Council

From Monday 3rd December, the primary student council will be coordinating a collection of Christmas goodies. These will be distributed to families in need in La Linea, through Hogar Betania.

We would like to ask children to bring the following:

EC1-P1: Hard Turron / P2- P4: Soft Turron / P5-P6: Chocolates


EC2 Drama

The unit ‘Lights, Camera, Action’ is well underway in EC2.  The children have had wonderful opportunities to explore the different elements of Drama. They not only watched their own teachers act out the story of the “The Three Little Pigs” but also have been the audience for an M1 Mime performance. These experiences have allowed the children to gain a thorough understanding of the process required to create their own show. They are gaining confidence in preparation for their own end of term production.


P1 – P3 Author visit

The children and their teachers enjoyed a visit this morning from illustrator and author Andréa Prior, as she read to them from her latest book ‘A Piddle of Puppies’.

If your child missed out on getting a pre-ordered book, but would like a personal signed copy now, please contact school librarian Anne Adamson in person or by email

M5 individuals & Societies trip for LOMCE students

Last Friday, November 23rd, the students of Individuals and Societies M5 LOMCE, had the opportunity to learn about the Coca Cola factory in Malaga, scheduled within the unit “The production sectors”. During the visit they saw how large companies are investing in raising public awareness of the pollution of the seas. After the visit, they carried out a market research study of the consumption of Coca Cola in La Cañada Shopping Centre in Marbella.

Mr. Vélez & Mr. Orozco


Visiting lecturer for Visual Arts students on December 3rd

Mr Edward Burns, father of Harry Burns in M4, will kindly give a talk to D1 Visual arts students on producing art works for publications. Mr Burns’ business involves contracting and publishing artists work; the main market being children’s books. The talk will focus on what publishers look for and how artists can prepare for commercial work in this field.


University & Careers News

On Monday 26th of November, SIS hosted our annual University Convention, in conjunction with SRT Student Recruitment Tours. With 35 universities present, and a host of other schools participating the event was, as always extremely beneficial to our students seeking to develop their opportunities for study beyond SIS. It was also great to have a lot of parents attend the convention and some specific prearranged 1-1 sessions for our students who had targeted applications requiring guidance on aspects such as their portfolios. Feedback from the universities was very positive with regard to our D1 student business card hookups, as in D1 we are currently developing their use of LinkedIn profiles to make beneficial connections with universities. It was also excellent to catch up with Javi Membrive, an SIS Alumnus now representing NHL Stenden in the Netherlands. Thanks go to the SIS Maintenance, Catering and support staff and of course to my army of D1 CAS helpers for their set up and pack away and food service! Looking forward to next year already.

Jason Mungles
Head of University & Careers Guidance


Boarding House News

We had a fantastic time at The Food Room, Marbella on Saturday learning to bake brownies, cookies, tiramisu and apple & ginger pie. We got to eat plenty of our sweet treats at the end and had enough to bring back for our fellow boarders too! On Sunday afternoon there were trips to the cinema, and Sunday evening saw a very tense ping pong tournament!  A very happy, busy weekend for our boarders.

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